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2023 Best Coding Bootcamps

By: The SwitchUp Team
Last Updated: April 25, 2023

Coding bootcamps offer intensive training programs for professionals who want to break into the technology sector. Bootcamp graduates often have competitive tech employment rates when compared to bachelor's degree graduates in the same subjects.

Since 2014, SwitchUp has been a trusted source for helping people identify their ideal bootcamp experience. We've compiled thousands of alumni reviews examining quality of instruction, job support, and much more. You can see our rankings methodology or continue reading to find the 2023 best coding bootcamps.

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#4

Location: Online

Courses: Software Engineering Career Track, Software Engineering Career Track Prep Course, Software Engineering Foundations to Core


"I have really enjoyed my course at Springboard, the 1:1 mentorship, career coaching, and industry project were highlights of my course. I believe the job assistance is very helpful, they stay accountable to their promises and you stay accountable to your deliverables. "
- Talayeh, 07/13/2020
#5

Location: Online, NYC

Courses: JavaScript for Beginners, Part-Time Software Engineering Immersive, Full-Time Remote Software Engineering Immersive, NYC Onsite Immersive


"The job search process is great, they really take the time to help you focus on how to promote yourself as an engineer. The projects that we work on and create makes us more marketable and relevant."
- Quyen, 08/17/2022
#6

Location: Online, Chicago

Courses: Full-Stack Software Engineering: Immersive


"From admission to graduation, the staff were there to help every step of the way. Coming from a completely non-technical background, the instructors were clear and concise with their lessons and always encouraged us to ask questions."
- Josh, 07/28/2022
#7

Location: Online

Courses: Full-Stack Development Bootcamp, Frontend Development Bootcamp, Backend Development Bootcamp


"I never felt rushed in my learning, nor did topics get portrayed with little to no explanation - the best part was being able to stay on my pace throughout the course; being able to ask questions freely, and not feeling left behind was so relieving and rewarding."
- Mike, 02/15/2022
#8

Location: Online

Courses: Front End Web Developer, Full Stack Web Developer, Java Developer, Introduction to Programming, React


"The hands-on exercises presented the chance to work on projects as one would in a real-life scenario. I learned by doing, and that's what I love about the program."
- Gabriel, 05/18/2022
#9

Location: Online

Courses: Front-end Web Development, Full-stack Web Development, Back-end Web Development


"Altcademy does a great job pulling together the resources necessary to go from having very little background knowledge to a beginner developer. The cost is more than worth it and I am looking forward to getting to the job hunting with the new skills I have learned."
- Sam, 12/01/2022
#10

Location: Online, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Pittsburgh

Courses: Java Coding Bootcamp


"Great instructors for both the curriculum and for the professional development pathway sessions. Instructors made themselves available for you, lectures were intense but very practical with a lot of hands-on implementation."
- Kyle, 09/20/2022
#11

Location: Online, Barcelona, Berlin, London

Courses: Software Engineering Immersive


"One of the things that sets App Academy apart from other coding boot camps is its focus on hands-on learning. The majority of the program is spent coding, which is an excellent way to develop real-world skills that can be applied immediately in a professional setting."
- George, 01/31/2023
#12

Location: Online, Atlanta, Barcelona, Berlin, Bogota, Buenos Aires

Courses: Full Stack Software Development, Full Stack Software Development Part Time


"The content is updated and there are several exercises available for us to practice. The teachers seem to know a lot and this was very helpful. And also the benefit of having lifetime mentorship put this bootcamp at the top."
- Marino, 09/23/2022
#13

Location: Online

Courses: Full Stack Immersive Web Development, Full Stack Software Engineering, Part Time Full Stack Software Engineering, Self Paced Flex Software Engineering


"The support they have here is amazing, the staff are great at what they do, instructors are knowledgable, down to earth, genuinely great people, insanely patient, and your biggest fans. Having graduated, I'm even more blown away by the post grad support."
- Tatiana Jeon, 08/15/2022
#14

Location: Online, Milwaukee

Courses: Software Development Full-Time


"Learned the fundamentals of coding as well as building full stack, functional applications. Instructors were awesome and provided all the attention and help I needed to best learn the material. Wasn't overwhelming and felt like I learned a lot."
- George, 02/20/2023
#15

Location: Online, Albuquerque, Athens, Atlanta, Aurora, Austin

Courses: Full Stack Web and Mobile App Development, Web Development Fundamentals, Front End Web and Mobile Development, Back End, SQL, DevOps w/Python Bootcamp


"...I am impressed with the quality of education so far. The course's format allows you to learn at your own pace throughout the week and to convene at the end of the week for a workshop. I found this especially helpful as a working professional."
- Yacine, 07/18/2022
#16

Location: Online

Courses: Software Engineering


"The curriculum is great, informative, and I appreciate that it switches from lesson to practice then finally a final project to put what you learned recently to the test. The community is very active they utilize slack in order to connect and engage."
- charlie, 01/20/2023
#17

Location: Online, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Lisbon, Madrid

Courses: Web Development Part-Time, Web Development Bootcamp


"The curriculum was challenging but the instructors were extremely knowledgeable and supportive. They provided a strong foundation in web development and helped me learn the skills I needed to land a job as a developer."
- Lucas, 12/29/2022
#18

Location: Online

Courses: Break Into Tech + Job Guarantee: Front End Developer Track


"I love the teaching method, you have teachings in video and written format but most importantly there are portfolio projects that you can build, to me that's where I really learned the most and what helps me get clients/job."
- Estefani, 01/14/2021
#19

Location: Online, Portland

Courses: Full-Time Software Developer Boot Camp, Full-Time Python Developer Boot Camp, Full-Time C# and .NET Framework Boot Camp, Part-Time Software Developer Boot Camp, Part-Time C# and .NET Framework Boot Camp


"Their materials are very thorough and explain things really nicely and simply. Their LMS system is super easy to navigate through and videos are easy to follow along with. [...] My interactions with their team has been really smooth..."
- Asfandayar, 02/16/2023
#20

Location: Online

Courses: 12-Week Software Engineering Immersive (Full-Time), 19-Week Software Engineering Online Immersive with JavaScript and Python (Full-Time)


"This program will teach you the fundamentals for web development. [...] The staff and instructors are knowledgeable and are willing to invest time into your learning so you can break into the tech world as a Full-Stack Software Engineer."
- Robert, 08/02/2022
#21

Location: Online

Courses: Full Stack Web Development Program


"TECH I.S. provided a flexible schedule for learning that let me go at my own pace. This is perfect for busy students like me who have a job. I had great support from leaders, teachers, and people who help with jobs, who are all there to help me plan my future."
- Daria, 03/02/2023
#22

Location: Online

Courses: 24-week Software Engineering Program (Full Time), App Academy Open


"One of the things that sets App Academy apart from other coding boot camps is its focus on hands-on learning. The majority of the program is spent coding, which is an excellent way to develop real-world skills that can be applied immediately in a professional setting."
- George, 01/31/2023
#23

Location: Online, Boston, Chicago, London, Miami, NYC

Courses: Web Development Bootcamp, Web Development Course, Software Engineering Bootcamp


"Campus felt like a second home and there were so many opportunities for personal and career growth; help with our resumes, career advice, networking events, interviews with industry partners, presentation practice, chat sessions with our cohort, and much more. "
- TAMEKA, 08/24/2022
#24

Location: Online, Los Angeles, San Jose

Courses: Software Development Onsite Full-Time Bootcamp, Software Development Online Part-Time Accelerated Bootcamp, Software Development Online Part-Time Flex Bootcamp, Software Development Online Full-Time Bootcamp


"The courses were very detailed, included lots of support, and the instructors were patient, involved and available. The assignments were definitely helpful in learning each stack. We also get life time career services."
- Francisco, 12/23/2022
#4

Location: Online

Courses: Software Engineering Career Track, Software Engineering Career Track Prep Course, Software Engineering Foundations to Core

"I have really enjoyed my course at Springboard, the 1:1 mentorship, career coaching, and industry project were highlights of my course. I believe the job assistance is very helpful, they stay accountable to their promises and you stay accountable to your deliverables. "
- Talayeh, 07/13/2020
#5

Location: Online, NYC

Courses: JavaScript for Beginners, Part-Time Software Engineering Immersive, Full-Time Remote Software Engineering Immersive, NYC Onsite Immersive

"The job search process is great, they really take the time to help you focus on how to promote yourself as an engineer. The projects that we work on and create makes us more marketable and relevant."
- Quyen, 08/17/2022
#6

Location: Online, Chicago

Courses: Full-Stack Software Engineering: Immersive

"From admission to graduation, the staff were there to help every step of the way. Coming from a completely non-technical background, the instructors were clear and concise with their lessons and always encouraged us to ask questions."
- Josh, 07/28/2022
#7

Location: Online

Courses: Full-Stack Development Bootcamp, Frontend Development Bootcamp, Backend Development Bootcamp

"I never felt rushed in my learning, nor did topics get portrayed with little to no explanation - the best part was being able to stay on my pace throughout the course; being able to ask questions freely, and not feeling left behind was so relieving and rewarding."
- Mike, 02/15/2022
#8

Location: Online

Courses: Front End Web Developer, Full Stack Web Developer, Java Developer, Introduction to Programming, React

"The hands-on exercises presented the chance to work on projects as one would in a real-life scenario. I learned by doing, and that's what I love about the program."
- Gabriel, 05/18/2022
#9

Location: Online

Courses: Front-end Web Development, Full-stack Web Development, Back-end Web Development

"Altcademy does a great job pulling together the resources necessary to go from having very little background knowledge to a beginner developer. The cost is more than worth it and I am looking forward to getting to the job hunting with the new skills I have learned."
- Sam, 12/01/2022
#10

Location: Online, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Pittsburgh

Courses: Java Coding Bootcamp

"Great instructors for both the curriculum and for the professional development pathway sessions. Instructors made themselves available for you, lectures were intense but very practical with a lot of hands-on implementation."
- Kyle, 09/20/2022
#11

Location: Online, Barcelona, Berlin, London

Courses: Software Engineering Immersive

"One of the things that sets App Academy apart from other coding boot camps is its focus on hands-on learning. The majority of the program is spent coding, which is an excellent way to develop real-world skills that can be applied immediately in a professional setting."
- George, 01/31/2023
#12

Location: Online, Atlanta, Barcelona, Berlin, Bogota, Buenos Aires

Courses: Full Stack Software Development, Full Stack Software Development Part Time

"The content is updated and there are several exercises available for us to practice. The teachers seem to know a lot and this was very helpful. And also the benefit of having lifetime mentorship put this bootcamp at the top."
- Marino, 09/23/2022
#13

Location: Online

Courses: Full Stack Immersive Web Development, Full Stack Software Engineering, Part Time Full Stack Software Engineering, Self Paced Flex Software Engineering

"The support they have here is amazing, the staff are great at what they do, instructors are knowledgable, down to earth, genuinely great people, insanely patient, and your biggest fans. Having graduated, I'm even more blown away by the post grad support."
- Tatiana Jeon, 08/15/2022
#14

Location: Online, Milwaukee

Courses: Software Development Full-Time

"Learned the fundamentals of coding as well as building full stack, functional applications. Instructors were awesome and provided all the attention and help I needed to best learn the material. Wasn't overwhelming and felt like I learned a lot."
- George, 02/20/2023
#15

Location: Online, Albuquerque, Athens, Atlanta, Aurora, Austin

Courses: Full Stack Web and Mobile App Development, Web Development Fundamentals, Front End Web and Mobile Development, Back End, SQL, DevOps w/Python Bootcamp

"...I am impressed with the quality of education so far. The course's format allows you to learn at your own pace throughout the week and to convene at the end of the week for a workshop. I found this especially helpful as a working professional."
- Yacine, 07/18/2022
#16

Location: Online

Courses: Software Engineering

"The curriculum is great, informative, and I appreciate that it switches from lesson to practice then finally a final project to put what you learned recently to the test. The community is very active they utilize slack in order to connect and engage."
- charlie, 01/20/2023
#17

Location: Online, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Lisbon, Madrid

Courses: Web Development Part-Time, Web Development Bootcamp

"The curriculum was challenging but the instructors were extremely knowledgeable and supportive. They provided a strong foundation in web development and helped me learn the skills I needed to land a job as a developer."
- Lucas, 12/29/2022
#18

Location: Online

Courses: Break Into Tech + Job Guarantee: Front End Developer Track

"I love the teaching method, you have teachings in video and written format but most importantly there are portfolio projects that you can build, to me that's where I really learned the most and what helps me get clients/job."
- Estefani, 01/14/2021
#19

Location: Online, Portland

Courses: Full-Time Software Developer Boot Camp, Full-Time Python Developer Boot Camp, Full-Time C# and .NET Framework Boot Camp, Part-Time Software Developer Boot Camp, Part-Time C# and .NET Framework Boot Camp

"Their materials are very thorough and explain things really nicely and simply. Their LMS system is super easy to navigate through and videos are easy to follow along with. [...] My interactions with their team has been really smooth..."
- Asfandayar, 02/16/2023
#20

Location: Online

Courses: 12-Week Software Engineering Immersive (Full-Time), 19-Week Software Engineering Online Immersive with JavaScript and Python (Full-Time)

"This program will teach you the fundamentals for web development. [...] The staff and instructors are knowledgeable and are willing to invest time into your learning so you can break into the tech world as a Full-Stack Software Engineer."
- Robert, 08/02/2022
#21

Location: Online

Courses: Full Stack Web Development Program

"TECH I.S. provided a flexible schedule for learning that let me go at my own pace. This is perfect for busy students like me who have a job. I had great support from leaders, teachers, and people who help with jobs, who are all there to help me plan my future."
- Daria, 03/02/2023
#22

Location: Online

Courses: 24-week Software Engineering Program (Full Time), App Academy Open

"One of the things that sets App Academy apart from other coding boot camps is its focus on hands-on learning. The majority of the program is spent coding, which is an excellent way to develop real-world skills that can be applied immediately in a professional setting."
- George, 01/31/2023
#23

Location: Online, Boston, Chicago, London, Miami, NYC

Courses: Web Development Bootcamp, Web Development Course, Software Engineering Bootcamp

"Campus felt like a second home and there were so many opportunities for personal and career growth; help with our resumes, career advice, networking events, interviews with industry partners, presentation practice, chat sessions with our cohort, and much more. "
- TAMEKA, 08/24/2022
#24

Location: Online, Los Angeles, San Jose

Courses: Software Development Onsite Full-Time Bootcamp, Software Development Online Part-Time Accelerated Bootcamp, Software Development Online Part-Time Flex Bootcamp, Software Development Online Full-Time Bootcamp

"The courses were very detailed, included lots of support, and the instructors were patient, involved and available. The assignments were definitely helpful in learning each stack. We also get life time career services."
- Francisco, 12/23/2022
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What Is a Coding Bootcamp?

Coding bootcamps are concentrated technical education programs that teach technical computer skills in a short amount of time. They can help build practical and professional knowledge to enable  students to either pivot careers or improve their marketability in their current fields.



Coding bootcamps are concentrated technical education programs that teach technical computer skills in a short amount of time.

There are bootcamps for many subjects ranging from cloud computing and data analytics to artificial intelligence. A bootcamp can be a more affordable alternative to a bachelor's degree in computer science or a related major.

The average bootcamp program length is three to six months, but they can last up to a year. Full-time programs take less time because students spend more time in class each week. Web development is the most popular subject of study at bootcamps, followed by data science and software design. 

The COVID-19 pandemic led to increased interest in remote upskilling, and schools responded by offering more fully online coding bootcamps. Many online coding bootcamps are designed for asynchronous learning so that students can sign in at their convenience to complete coursework.

Choosing and Applying to a Bootcamp

You need to consider several factors when researching coding bootcamp options. We've listed a few of these factors below, but it's up to you to decide how heavily to weigh them when making a decision.

How Do You Choose a Coding Bootcamp?

Prospective students need to consider several factors when researching their coding bootcamp options. We've listed a few of these factors below, but it's up to each individual to decide how heavily to weigh them when making a decision.

Where Do I Want to Work, and What Do I Want to Do?

Do you have a passion for startups, or do you dream of working for an international tech powerhouse? Make a list of target employers and ideal jobs, then look for those terms as you read through SwitchUp's student reviews of bootcamps. Some bootcamps may feed more graduates to positions at particular companies, and some may not offer a program that teaches the particular job functions you want to perform. 

You can also read reports from the Council on Integrity in Results Reporting (CIRR), which publishes completion and employment data for partner bootcamps. We've put together a list of the best CIRR Bootcamps for students to review. 

How Do I Want to Study?

You may have the resources to pursue a full-time program for three months. But you might instead need to work during the day and reserve nights and weekends to gain coding experience. Research part-time versus full-time coding bootcamps and online versus in-person coding bootcamps. If you prefer to study on a campus, you're limited to bootcamps near your home.

Will the Bootcamp Help Me Once I Graduate?

It may not be possible to immediately land a job with your top employer, but a good bootcamp should help you pursue opportunities elsewhere. Read through our student reviews and note each institution's Job Support Score for whether reviewers found the bootcamp's career coaching helpful. Also, note any examples of extra care that career services personnel gave to individual students.

We've put together a guide to choosing a bootcamp that provides more information on this topic. You may also find it helpful to use our Get Matched tool. Based on the information you give in this tool, we match you with a highly-rated bootcamp that will reach out to answer your questions and try to meet your needs.

How to Apply to a Bootcamp

Once you've decided where to attend, it's time to apply. Most applications begin by filling out an online form that's unique to each bootcamp. More selective programs also require at least one interview, a coding assessment or demonstration, and preparatory coursework.

The interview usually covers your prior experience, future career goals, and enthusiasm for learning technical skills. Interviewers also try to determine how well you'll fit into the bootcamp's culture.

The assessment gives you a chance to demonstrate your technical knowledge by solving problems or creating applications in a given coding language. Tests are usually done live in the presence of a proctor. An admissions officer might also ask you to prepare coding samples in advance.

A bootcamp's preparatory coursework introduces you to the program's teaching style, learning outcomes, and technical requirements. Because bootcamps pack a lot of material into a short period of time, instructors need to make sure that students have a base level of understanding.

Admissions counselors genuinely want every bootcamp graduate to succeed, so they only accept those candidates who seem to have the desire and stamina to complete a program. You may be interested in our 6 Tips for Getting into a Top Coding Bootcamp for more valuable ideas.

Bootcamp Specializations

Bootcamps offer a large variety of possible subjects to study. Read through some of the possibilities below if you're not set on a particular field yet. 

Data science is the study of gathering data to suit the needs of decision makers. There are several online data science bootcamps that provide more flexible study options. 

UX/UI design bootcamps teach methods for creating enjoyable web experiences for users. You can join an online UX/UI design program if you'd prefer remote work.

Product management bootcamps teach business skills and knowledge so students can work with technical products such as software or cloud storage plans. Some bootcamps feature fully online product management programs.

Cybersecurity is a popular subject because tech professionals build security into every step of the design and development process. You can find many online cybersecurity bootcamps with no in-person requirements.

Digital marketing is another business-focused subject in which students learn to interest people in technical products and services. Online digital marketing bootcamps feature the same coursework in a virtual setting.

Data analytics is the interpretation and presentation of data collected by data scientists.   

Online data analytics bootcamps are a fairly common avenue for students to pursue.

Web development involves creating sites and apps. Web development is broader than UX/UI and may involve back-end features that are hidden from users.

Software development refers to several distinct tasks that make up software creation. These tasks include software architecture, software quality assurance, and software testing

Full-stack development is the ability to work on both user-facing and under-the-hood programming for websites, software, or other applications. 

Graphic design work applies art to technology. Designers might help make websites, apps, emails, games, or streaming content more visually appealing.

Python is a programming language used in many kinds of development, so fluency with Python can be useful in a range of careers. 

SQL is a programming language most commonly used in back-end development for web and software applications. Full-stack developers may also need to know it for their jobs.

Java is another very common general-purpose language. Software, web, and game developers all typically use Java. 

JavaScript is a popular scripting language, or a type of programming language that works well in conjunction with other languages.

Bootcamps for kids introduce young minds to basic coding concepts. They're usually shorter than adult versions and often operate during summer breaks from school.

How Much Do Coding Bootcamps Cost?

Coding bootcamp fees vary, but they typically cost about 10% of what students would pay for a traditional four-year degree. Most bootcamps are full time. It's difficult to work a full-time job while studying, so you'll need to budget carefully before making any decisions.

You can't qualify for federal or state financial aid as a bootcamp student. But you can pursue limited coding bootcamp scholarships or find a school that accepts the GI Bill® if you're eligible. 

Some bootcamps also offer income share agreements (ISAs). Under an ISA, you pay an initial deposit and agree to a fixed monthly payment plan once you secure work that pays above a certain amount. The virtue of this arrangement is that you don't owe interest on the deferred tuition payments.

Source: NCES and internal data on coding bootcamp tuition

The average cost of a four-year degree is nearly $87,000, based on undergraduate tuition and fees for the 2020-21 school year. Coding bootcamps are usually more affordable, with an average tuition of $12,000 for programs in the U.S. that take at least three months to complete.

You may be interested in reviewing our lists of free online coding bootcamps or the most affordable coding bootcamps if the price tag seems too steep.

Coding Bootcamp Careers

Each bootcamp focuses on a narrow field of study. Therefore, your bootcamp's subject might largely determine which jobs you can get after completing a bootcamp.

We've included some common technical careers below. All salary and job outlook data comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Computer Systems Analysts

Annual Median Salary:  $99,270
Job Growth Rate: 9%

Computer systems analysts work to improve the technical capabilities of their employers' systems. They analyze networks, hardware, software, and databases to suggest upgrades and reconfigurations.

Data Scientists

Annual Median Salary:  $100,910
Job Growth Rate: 36%

Data scientists design tools to collect data for their employers. They need to understand the needs of decision makers and how to use machine learning to gather and test data validity. This occupation is growing much faster than the U.S. average for the 2021-2031 period (5%).

Information Security Analysts

Annual Median Salary:  $102,600
Job Growth Rate: 35%

Information security analysts are cybersecurity experts who protect their employers' networks, databases, and products. These professionals work in most industries because the world is so thoroughly networked. Because of this, information security is growing almost as fast as data science.

Software Developers, Quality Assurance Analysts, and Testers

Annual Median Salary:  $109,020
Job Growth Rate: 25%

Software developers, quality assurance analysts, and testers each handle a different part of the software development life cycle. You might improve your chances of finding this work by attending a bootcamp in software architecture, software quality assurance, or software testing.

Web Developers and Digital Designers

Annual Median Salary:  $78,300
Job Growth Rate: 23%

Web developers and digital designers build and test websites and apps. Some of them are user experience (UX) specialists who think about the best ways to guide users through all of a site's pages. Others are experts in user interface (UI) design and create appealing and easy-to-use ways to interact with websites.

Are Coding Bootcamps Worth It?

Yes, investing in a coding bootcamp is usually worth the cost.

SwitchUp's research found that a similar overall percentage of bootcamp alumni found jobs with the Big Five tech companies — Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft — as graduates of technical degree programs at traditional colleges.

Employers beyond the Big Five also hire bootcamp graduates. The CIRR posts hiring data about bootcamp graduates and found similar findings among their partner bootcamps. 

However, there are potential downsides to attending a coding bootcamp.

Bootcamps lack the broad scope provided by a four-year degree. Bachelor's degrees contain general education courses to encourage a well-rounded education. Students can also add a second major or a minor to their main course of study during college. The intense focus of bootcamps leaves little to no time to explore other avenues that may teach or reinforce important soft skills such as critical thinking and effective writing.

Another potential drawback is the employment outlook:

The BLS notes a healthy 15% job growth projection through 2031 for computer and information technology occupations in general. But not all of these occupations are growing. In fact, computer programmers are facing a job loss of 10% in the coming years, largely due to automation and outsourcing. Research hiring trends in the job market to make sure your desired skill set matches employer needs.

Still unsure? Read Are Coding Bootcamps Worth It? for a more comprehensive take.

FAQs About Coding Bootcamps

How Long Are Coding Bootcamps?


Coding bootcamps average 3-6 months in length for full-time students. But they can last up to a year at some schools, depending on the subject. Part-time learners may take twice as long to finish their programs.

How Hard Is a Coding Bootcamp?


Most students find coding bootcamps challenging. These programs pack a lot of learning into a compressed period. Much of the material is unfamiliar because many bootcamp students are learning new skills as part of a planned career change. But instructors are there to help, and programs often have tutoring and mentorship opportunities built in.

Are Coding Bootcamps Accredited?


Coding bootcamps operate outside of the U.S. Department of Education's accreditation system for postsecondary education. It can therefore be hard to make sure you're enrolling at a high-quality institution. The CIRR bills itself as a reliable alternative and holds partner institutions to a set of standards, but bootcamps aren't required to opt in to this organization.

Be sure to read coding bootcamp reviews on our site for any bootcamps you're interested in. You can often find real students' experiences with a bootcamp's instruction, payment system, and career services, which might include a job guarantee program.

Are Coding Bootcamps for Beginners?


Many schools design coding bootcamps for beginners with no previous coding or technology experience. They often have some admissions criteria that mainly include general aptitude tests rather than specific technical skills. Online and part-time coding bootcamps tend to have fewer skill requirements for admission.

However, prospective applicants may want to get a taste of what coding is like before committing. A number of services provide free introductory coding courses in which students can learn some of the basic terminology and functions of computer code. A school might also require you to complete a preparatory course for little or no cost to make sure you can handle the rigors of a particular bootcamp.

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